Kansas Department of Corrections
Officers from the Lawrence Police Department were involved in a car chase Monday afternoon that ended on the University of Kansas campus.
Sgt. Trent McKinley with the Lawrence Police Department said officers received a call around 1:00 p.m. about a stolen vehicle from a residential neighborhood on Brush Creek Drive in southwest Lawrence.
He said officers developed a potential suspect and searched areas where he could be located. McKinley said around 2:15 p.m. officers saw the potential suspect driving the stolen car near West Hills Parkway and Emery Road. However, when an officer turned on their lights and tried to pull the car over, the driver started leading the officer on a chase.
McKinley said the pursuit was about 30 seconds and three blocks before the car went through a parking lot and appeared to attempt to drive down a flight of stairs on West Campus Road on KU's campus.
He said the vehicle was impaled by the stairs near Joseph R. Pearson Hall and the driver took off on foot towards Memorial Stadium. Officers arrested 33-year-old Lawrence resident Donald Rodney Rayton a few minutes later in the 1100 block of West 11th Street. McKinley said the vehicle was leaking gas so the fire department was called as a precaution.
He said the suspect was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for a medical complaint, but McKinley said he doesn't believe the medical issue was a result of Monday's incident.
McKinley said Rayton was also being arrested for crimes committed at a different time which resulted in multiple arrest entries.
On the first arrest entry, Rayton was arrested for theft of property and criminal damage to property. On the second entry he was arrested for fleeing police and driving while suspended. On the third entry he was arrested for no vehicle registration, fleeing police, driving while suspended, failure to report an accident, no proof of insurance, obstruction of a legal process, and leaving the scene of an injury accident. He was also arrested for failing to appear in court for three different cases.
This isn't Rayton's first time being in trouble with the law. According to state records, he committed numerous crimes from 2003 to 2013 that landed him in prison. Forgery, aggravated escape from custody, selling narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs, and violating the Kansas Offender Registration Act were some of the crimes he was sentenced for in Douglas, Johnson, and Shawnee counties.